Message January 3, 2017

Ecomaine awards MSAD #51 $4,500 for efforts at composting & recycling, thanks district environmental stewardship committee for all their support in bringing new "green" protocols to our schools!

State assessment scores for the new Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) recently were released by the Maine Department of Education.  Overall, percentages of students proficient were low across the state, especially in the areas of ELA and math.  MSAD #51 students scored high when compared to students throughout the state, ranking in the top 10 in ELA, math, and science.  

ENGLISH – Top 10 in Maine
Falmouth Public Schools, 80.64 percent
Mount Desert CSD, 80.58 percent
Yarmouth Schools, 79 percent
Baxter Academy for Technology and Science, 78.38 percent
York Public Schools, 73.75 percent
RSU 51/MSAD 51 (Cumberland), 72.81 percent​ (#6)​
Five Town CSD, 72.66 percent
Scarborough Public Schools, 72.19 percent
Cape Elizabeth Public Schools, 71.8 percent
Penobscot Public Schools, 71.15 percent

MATH – Top 10
Yarmouth Schools, 74.26 percent
Falmouth Public Schools , 72.55 percent
South Bristol Public Schools, 68.42 percent
Bar Harbor Public Schools, 67.06 percent
Chebeague Island Public Schools, 65.52 percent
Marshfield Public Schools, 62.5 percent
RSU 51/MSAD 51 (Cumberland), 62.29 percent (#7)​
Cape Elizabeth Public Schools, 62.28 percent
Hope Public Schools, 61.06 percent

RSU 21 (Kennebunk), 59.11 percent

SCIENCE – Top 10
Bar Harbor Public Schools, 87.06 percent
Cape Elizabeth Public Schools, 86.63 percent
RSU 51/MSAD 51 (Cumberland), 83.15 percent 
Yarmouth Schools, 82.80 percent
Great Salt Bay CSD, 82.22 percent
Falmouth Public Schools, 80.72 percent
RSU 26 (Orono), 78.26 percent
Scarborough Public Schools, 77.7 percent
Bristol Public Schools, 76.92 percent
RSU 78 (Rangeley Lakes), 75.56 percent

 Comparison to Area School Districts: % Proficient

MSAD #51

The district recently replaced its outdated snow remover with this new Bobcat (below).  This important piece of equipment is what keeps the campus cleared during all snow storms.  I gave the new vehicle a whirl (just to make sure it worked OK, of course).  It'll do the job, I figure.  

OK, I may be enjoying this a little too much...

Performing Arts Center Update:  

Soil testing continues at GHS in the designated area where the PAC will be built.  Many thanks to the members of the new building committee, who will be helping to develop a more detailed concept design that will guide the construction of the PAC.  Construction bids should be ready to be sent out in March 2017 with ground breaking in early summer.

The new building committee membership
Gigi Sanchez, Chair
Mike Brown, Board of Directors
Karen Campbell, Board of Directors
Jeff Porter, Superintendent
Scott Poulin, Director of Finance, Operations & HR
Dan McKeone, GHS Principal
Edmund Paquin, Student
Kevin Rollins, GHS Band Director
Margo Harrington, Parent/Community Member
Ryan Wallace, Parent/ Community Member
Jen Segal, Parent/Community Member
Steve Blatt, Architect
Doug Breer, Architect
Martha Leggat, Ex officio
Don Foster, Consultant

Soil testing continues in the designated spot for the PAC

School Spirit Week
was held December 5-9 at GHS.  A great week of students and staff getting into the spirit of Greely culminated with class skits in front of the student body recently.  The senior class won (surprise!) with their rendition of Star Wars, with the school and district portrayed as the Empire and the students portrayed as the Rebels.  

Mrs. Perkinson gets into the spirit along with members of the GHS staff,
singing rendition of "Welcome to Our House"

Congrats GHS teachers Kelly Welch and Brian Mason for being awarded this grant:

The University of Maine College of Engineering is partnering with the College of Education & Human Development and several local school districts in a proposal to provide grant-funded professional development to in-service K-12 teachers in schools. The award provides resources to pay UMaine faculty in Engineering and Education to offer two 3-credit courses to approximately 20 Maine teachers.

NEW USM "On the Spot Admission Day" was hosted on Tuesday, December 20th in the Guidance office. It was another great opportunity and success for our students. 

9 students interviewed. 
7 students were admitted On the Spot. 
2 students need 1st semester grades for a final decision. 
7 student was admitted to their 1st choice major:
Social Work, Nursing, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Economics & Undeclared. 
5 students received the Dirigo merit Scholarship.
2 students received the Presidential merit Scholarship.

On January 3, the Board of Directors sanctioned a new Sailing Club at GHS, at the recommendation of the Athletic Advisory Board and based on student interest.  This new club will be affiliated with Sail Maine and a booster group will be formed to support this new program.